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Thousands of unique jewellery pieces on Indian footpath.

This is a man who believes in his work. Mohammad Sultan has made thousands of unique jewellery pieces over a period of 25 years. He hails from Delhi and has been in Goa past 21 years. His first exhibition was at the age of 17 in Kanpur. A question that baffled me was, how a man of such calibre still sells his jewelleries on the streets of Panjim,Goa. When asked how many pieces does he make in a day- his replied “sometimes 2 to 4 a day”. This is a great lesson we can learn from this 54 year old man, putting in small amount of work over a period of time makes a big difference.

A fascinating thing he mentioned was that, if any piece breaks while making an accessory, he would never join it again, this only challenges him to get things right the first time. With tears in his eyes he said “people come and buy stuff, but very few appreciate the hard work and dedication that has goes in making it.” He made me realised that starting a small business is not about where you start, whether you have a big store or you sell it on the footpath. What matters is the conviction of doing something truly amazing.

He displays his unique and intriguing  jewellery on the  footpath opposite Hotel Fidalgo, Panjim-Goa.  It is worth visiting him. These silent artists are the very people who make India, truly Incredible.



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Thank You for your friendship

I just want to tell you that your friendship matters to me and I am  lucky to have you in my life. Today let us take sometime out and tag, call or send a message to your friends, reminding them that their presence in your life makes your life beautiful.

 

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Raise your standards.

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You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.
– Michael Jordan

Often times we are stuck where we are.
We find it so  difficult  to move to the next level. We all want to change our life for betterment  and want the things which we most desire in our life. But do we have the courage, determination and willingness to do the things that are required to get what we want?

Raise your standards, let no one put limitations on your capabilities to succeed. You are in total control of your life and only you can define your standards.  Raise it so high that you love yourself totally and love the work you do. When we raise our standards, we are met with people, jobs and situations of raised standards. After all we are vibrant beings and we only attract what is in tune with our frequency.

So, here we go with an affirmation….

Today, I AM GOING TO RAISE MY STANDARDS.

Best wishes,

-Paul Fernandes

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Something interesting just for you for FREE.

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We all want to be successful in our life, Isn’t it? If you are not one of those people who want or have a desire to be successful then stop reading this post right away.  So, for those who fall into the category of wanting or desiring to be successful, let’s read this together.

One of the common traits of most successful people is “READING”. Now, you may say that you have heard this a million times and want to leave reading this article page right now…. Wait a minute, ‘hold your horses’. There is something at the end of this which will bring a smile on your face. Just how easy it is to read books in less time and suck the nectar out of it in less than 2 mins a week. Don’t get your eyes popped out. I literally mean 2 minutes a week. I am going to tell you exactly how to do it.

 

Bill Gates said ‘I spend a lot of time reading’, Warren buffet reads more than 500 pages a day, Mark Zukerberg resolved to read a book every two weeks.  Are we missing something out here? These are the 3 richest men in the world.  Their priority is reading books every single day. Don’t fool yourself by telling you don’t have time. Some of the busiest people on this planet know the secret. The secret is constant learning through reading and application of knowledge in day to day life.

I think we all have two minutes a week to nourish the golden nuggets out of a book. So I made it possible that you can read a book in just 120words. What???? Ya, it is true. How long will it take you to read it? Less than 2 mins. Every week I will summarize a book for you in just 120words. IT’S ALL FREE.  120words.org (www.120wordsblog.wordpress.com)  is a website which I have started so that you get the golden nuggets out of the books and if you are hooked to reading those 120words and want to order the book right at your doorstep, no problem. There will be a link provided, where in you can order the book straight from Amazon. I have tried to make it as easy as possible. 1 book a week in just 120words, will make it 52 books a year. That’s a lot of reading and knowledge and now you can get it all for FREE.     Click the link and check it out for yourself  www.120words.wordpress.com

‘120words’ is one thing that I am sure will make you more productive and resourceful. You can also follow us on-

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Paul Fernandes
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Magic of handwritten letter (1 min read), Paul Fernandes

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When was the last time you have written a handwritten letter?  The joy of receiving something by post makes us feel all excited and sometimes emotional. There is never a wrong time to write a handwritten thank you letter. So today I invite you to do exactly the same thing-  write a handwritten thank you letter  to any two people in your life and I assure you it will make you feel splendid  and you will surely bring a smile on the receivers face. Let’s revive the tradition of having some kind of personal touch to what we have to say to  people.

‘There is something about it I cannot explain, but I know handwritten letter has power in it’.

 

THANK YOU

-Paul Fernades

Motivation

7 Tips for Building your Business while working your Day Job (2 min read)

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1. Commit yourself to your dream.

Having the desire for something to work vs. committing to it are vastly different. When you commit to your dream, you are making a binding obligation to see it through to success. It means you are “all in,” you find solutions when faced with obstacles and you don’t quit, no matter what. Make that pledge to yourself, and then tell the people in your life.

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You are going to die!

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”  – Steve Jobs

What if someone tells you that you are going to die and that you just have few hours or days  to live. How would that make you feel? Would you be proud enough to say that you achieved your goals in life? Forget about achieving it, did you even try to get what you wanted out of life.

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The TRUTH  is we are all going to die. So rather that waiting to die, let’s make our life worth it. None of us are here for a long time, but some go about living their lives, dragging their feet as if they have ‘thousand years’ on earth. Most of them spend their time on couches or bed wondering about what can they do with their life. So, wake up!

Do the things you love and follow your  dream.

If  a reminder about DEATH doesn’t motivate you, then I don’t know what will motivate you.

Keep your phone away or get up from that computer desk and go follow your passion.

Now is the time to act upon your dreams.

Best wishes,

Paul Fernandes

Founder

Imagination Breathing .com

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Coffee or Passion? Choose Wisely!

Our lives are made of choices and what we choose is going to decide the quality of our life. So with this thought I present to you my book Coffee or Passion? Choose Wisely! There are countless number of people who made this possible. Thank you all for being a blessing in my life.

Only read this book… if you are about to make a choice in your life. Only read this book… if you want to find your passion. Only read this book… if you love your pets. Only read this book… if you want to save our environment. Only read this book… if you want to live a balanced lifestyle. Only read this book… if you want to have a fulfilled relationship. You must read this book… if you want to follow your dream. So, Choose Wisely !

If you fall into any of the above situation, I think this book may add a value to your life. So, Choose Wisely! Whether you buy the book or not is not the most important thing. What is most important is, I want to sincerely thank the audience of “Imagination Breathing” from 113 countries as it stands today and to all the people around the world who have been part of my life journey.. “THIS IS DEDICATED TO YOU”

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If want to have a copy of your own or want to gift it to your friends, following are the links. I have provided you with different links so that you may pay less for the shipping charge, depending on your location.

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                     1. amazon.in  (India)  For Kindle edition at just Rs 195 click

                                                                         here-  http://amzn.to/2mXG8xO

                                                                 For Paperback  edition at just Rs 612 click

                                                                         here- http://amzn.to/2nUJq5E

                    2. amazon.com  (US and rest of the  world)      

                    3. amazon.fr (France)

                    4. amazon.es (Spain)

                    5. amazon.ca (Cannada)

                    6. amazon.co.uk  (UK)

                    7. amazon.it  (Italy)

 

Once again, Thank you so much.

With gratitude,

Paul Fernandes
Founder
Imagination Brething
(Inspiring lives)

Inspiration · Motivation

The Art Of Learning How To Let Go

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I think that many people are aware that life is full of uncertainties. We don’t always know what is going to happen. Anything can happen both good and bad. This is called “life”. And especially if we do what I write about in this blog. If we follow our hearts desires. We may do things that are new to us where we don’t know what to aspect. And these uncertainties that we encounter may be hard to handle. They may even prevent us from doing what we really want to do.

Have you ever chosen not to do something because of the uncertainty that lay ahead?

It may even be an instinct to always be prepared for the unknown. To always be able to predict and understand what we can predict. Our brain is thinking in every scenario and ever logical way. Of course this reaction is very important to us…

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113 countries, 100 articles. – Paul Fernandes

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I want to thank each one for making this journey possible. 100 quality articles is a big landmark. A special thanks to each contributor of the articles for believing in my venture for inspiring lives. Today when I see the site “Imagination Breathing. Com” viewed in 113 countries around the world. I feel proud of the decision I had taken and the sacrifices I made to start the website. As a child, I always wanted my name and work to be known around the world. Today when people from 113 countries are being touched by what I do. I feel happy and blessed. I wish to continue this journey with your support in the years to come.
I would like to thank the people from the following countries listed below who have viewed the site “Imagination Breathing. Com.”

India, United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Philippines, Canada, Portugal, Russia, Israel, Vietnam, Kenya, Germany, France, Argentina, Norway, Bangladesh, Qatar, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, China, Indonesia, Iran, European Union, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR China, Mexico, Thailand, Austria, Sweden, Greece, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Rwanda, Oman, Lebanon, Bhutan, Ecuador, South Africa, South Korea, Ukraine, Cote D Lvoire, Chile, Pakistan, Malaysia, Malta, Algeria, Denmark, Romania, Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, Albania, Estonia, Mauritius, Angola, Bahrain, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Liberia, Azerbaijan, Nicaragua, Montenegro, Luxembourg, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Barbados, Kazakhstan, Trininda and Tobago, Tanzania, Finland, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zambia, Hungary, Croatia, Macedonia, Puerto Rico, Tunisia, Iceland, Slovenia, Latvia, Fiji, Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Brunei, Seychelles, Honduras, Cameroon, Reunion, U.S. Virgin Islands, Suriname, Cyprus, Belize, Mozambique.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

LOVE YOU ALL.

With Gratitude,

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Paul Fernandes
Founder and Editor-in-chief
Imagination Breathing.com

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Lost, but not forever.           – Kasturi, Assam.

 

Days tend to pass by so quickly, don’t they? It seems not long ago that I was a kid. A world so secure and safe from the harsh reality. A world of no worries, no confusion or fear of what is to come next. The only concern was to complete homework in time. Remember how a day off from school meant us being sad because we wouldn’t see our friends?

As kids, we always wished for our life to be fast-forwarded to when we would become adults. Little did we ever knew how hard it is being one! So many of us get lost on the way. Lose touch with ourselves. The innocence, the confidence, the happiness in little things.

Growing up I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in my life but I very much wanted to become a good person. But in the transition from being a kid to an adult – I lost myself somewhere. I became oblivious and that scared me every moment which eventually turned me into a pessimistic and depressed person.

When asked about a best friend I used to say,’I still am in search of the one with the same wavelength as mine.’

A month after joining college, I met someone. He seemed so happy and at peace. Little did I know then that our wavelengths would match so well that we would become the best of friends. I finally found someone with who I can confide in without any fear of being judged but at the same time would make me see my faults in the most humble way. He believes in me even when I doubt myself and always thrives me to be a better person. And though we fight – a lot! – it never lasts long.

It has been rightly said so that humans are social animals. We always need that one person who makes all the difference in the world and makes us  stronger, happier and full of life.

In the course of our friendship, I regained my lost self. He indeed was the one who inspired me to write.

I want to ask you people do you have people to stand by YOU when everything falls apart? We need to surround ourselves with positive people who bring the best out of us and who never stop us  from achieving our dreams.

– Kasturi Sarma, Assam(India)

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Coffee or Passion? by, Paul Fernandes

 

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Finally the first draft of my book is ready, two and half years of tireless brain work and now it is here, right in front of me.  Few quotes/lines from the book are given below.

  1. “We lose ourselves in our pursuit to get someone to look at us the way we want them to.”

    2.  “I have felt a sense of hopelessness and nothingness.”

    3.  “At times we might not be aware but we might have the best imagination power.”

    4.  “Life may be shot and we must n0t take it for granted.”

    5.   “We must enjoy our uniqueness and individuality.” 

    6.   “Our mind can play nasty games with us, especially when we are alone.”

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With gratitude,

 

Paul Fernandes

Founder  and  Editor-in-chief

Imagination Breathing

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

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You always have a choice. By Kasturi, Assam.

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Things are not going, as you would have liked them to. All the things you planned just went – wait – you do not even know where they went! It seems like there is no way out and you are really sad and lost of all hopes and might even be thinking – ‘This is it. I am done. My life’s over.’ Then you think about the choices you made, the decisions you took, and tagging most of them in a negative sense.

Okay. Here is the thing – Some things happened and some things did not and you are feeling extremely low and feel like crying? Then do so. It is okay to let the tears flow out because it is a way of us, humans, expressing sadness. Accompany those tears with maybe a hug from the person close to you or food or shopping or with absolutely anything positive that would help you to feel less and less sad.

When I am one hundred percent sad, I hug my pillow and cry my heart out. I do end up with swollen eyes but also a calm heart. Moreover, since food is my most favourite thing, I cook a hearty meal or simply go out and gorge on burgers, ice creams, and chocolates.

Always remember – the choices you made and the decisions you took were exactly what you wanted at those moments in your life. They made you happy back then. This is why you should not regret it or be sad about it.

Nobody knows you better than yourself. So sit down, relax and take a step back, if need be, and then – THINK – CHOOSE – DECIDE.

In addition, if by any chance you think that you are done and your life might be over- well, let me tell you – it is not. However, it will be only if YOU will let it be over. Sure, it might seem like it but there is always another road which can be taken. Don’t you see one? Then carve it out and make one.

When something good happens, you rejoice. Therefore, it is only logical for you to be sad when something bad happens. Nevertheless, that’s no reason to feel incapable or inferior.

You do not delete a computer game just because you could not get across a level. Instead, try it over and over again, don’t you?

At the end of the day, it is always a matter of choice. Whether you choose to give up and fall or you choose to fight back and rise. Be wise, be strong and always be true to yourself.

 

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To or Not to. By Kasturi, Assam

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Not all of us are bestowed with the best of everything. Being not-so-good in  a certain field(s) tends to make us feel inept. Seeing a fellow colleague do better – when you know you can do it too and for some reason you just need to but you fail – sometimes just hurts. I know. I know because I had gone through the same. Every one of us lack in one aspect or the other in life where we would love to excel or maybe develop ourselves, sometimes even desperately. But things don’t always go according to our plan, now do they? Life tends to happen to all of us and at times it hits us so hard that we are forced to take a step back and think… what now?

Being born in a patriarchal Assamese society in a Brahmin family with limited opportunities due to financial background, I have had to think twice before venturing out. But that hadn’t and would never stop me. I did complete my graduation and I am well on my way to pursue my Masters and possibly will become a 3-Masters and an M.Phil degree holder.
I never was the brightest of them all. I stumbled and fumbled along the way. That never stopped me. Instead I kept gaining experience in the process.

I still dream of spending my summers in Goa and my winters in Sikkim. I still dream of opening a book-cum-craft store and possibly a dessert bar of my own as books and food are the love of my life. They kept me going all these years (and hopefully will keep doing the same). While books gave me the all needed growth of my mind and broadened my horizons, food helped me cope with the oh-so-very emotional personality of mine. The one thing they both share in common – they keep me calm and helps me think straight.

Life will always come up with new challenges. It loves to push you to your limits, you know! And as easy it is to advice to not give up, it actually takes all of it from you to not give up for real.

Not giving up and moving forward has got its own perks. You can and know how to enjoy life and make moments special because you have worked hard for it. You know the value of appreciation and happiness because you have walked through dedication and sadness.

        Just like Ying and Yang , light and darkness – there always will be phases of ups and downs in life. The secret herein lies in not giving up. EVER.

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr. –
“If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward.”

Kasturi Sarma.  Assam.

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“Oblivion.”     By Naisha Richmond. Shillong, India

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Naisha Christine Richmond Tariang.

 

                        “Every piece is a vision I had. I’m just giving my vision life.”

 

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“CHOCOLATE – The best chapter of my life”. by: Joyla Fernandes. Goa, India.

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“CHOCOLATE – The best chapter of my life”.

Getting a 3 months old puppy home from an animal shelter seemed just fun to me, I was a 12 years old girl then. Little did I know that this tiny little watchdog would turn out to be the most important part of my life.
“Chocolate”- that’s what we named him. As the name suggests he was a dark brown mix breed of a local and a boxer, he had beautiful yet fierce hazel eyes. He was like a combo of milk and chocolate – brown on top with a creamy white chest. His cute tail turned around like a question mark.
Chocolate soon filled my house with joy and laughter and as I grew up, I truly understood what it meant my unconditional love. We bonded very well. We played together for hours, sat around together, went for walks, he wasn’t just a dog to me, he was my companion . Though he couldn’t speak, I knew he could understand everything I said. I could share my worries, my sorrows with him and he would listen with those compassionate eyes towards me as if to speak a language  of its own. Somehow our souls connected so deeply. .
We grew up together, me and my buddy. From a tiny sweet little puppy Choco grew up to be a rough manly watch dog, fierce and strong and yet a gentle soul. I was so proud to have this beauty in my life. The way he would stand on our parapet, his chest so broad and wide – with pride and majesty. Unlike his sweet chocolaty name, his nature was that of strength and roughness. People passing by would tremble with fear at his sight, something I enjoyed watching. He was the ‘Don’ of my locality and nobody dared to stand before him. I wouldn’t be afraid to walk around late in the evenings with my Choco by my side as I knew nobody would dare harm me. His mighty presence assured me that I was safe.

Choco passed away on 31st of March 2015 after being around for 10 years, leaving a big gap in my life which no one can ever fill up. How I miss his loud voice, those eyes when he looked at me with all that love and understanding, his tail wagging with happiness at my sight, the joy in his eyes, when I returned back home. I miss his presence around me.
I just wish he could be with me forever and never leave my side. I have no words to express the pain I feel, something only a pet lover who has lost a pet would understand. Though it may be a common thing for all of us, each one knows how much it hurts.
He is one dog nobody will ever forget, He is still missed deeply by this heart.
“Chocolate” – that sweetness that has filled my heart lingers on”.